Archive | June, 2016


27 Jun

WMNR Fine Arts Radio was celebrating another Musical Theme Week, “Gone Fishin'”. So, of course, I jumped right in, since I’ve spent my life  fishing for the right words and angling for an original thought. Although I came up with just two songs actually about fishing, I found songs about fishing metaphors (see if you can guess which metaphor goes with which songs) and songs about taking off and going traveling in general.

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or album Title


  • I’M GONNA GO FISHING  /  Peggy Lee  /  “The Best Of Peggy Lee”
  • THE FISHIN’ HOLE  /  Andy Griffith  /  “American Originals”
  • I WANT A LITTLE GIRL  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • GOOD BAIT  /  Amanda Carr  /  Soon”
  • AREN’T I CUTE?  /  Heather Bambrick  /  “It’s About Time”
  • SLAP THAT BASS  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “How Do You Keep The Music Playing?”
  • THE MAN THAT GOT AWAY  /  Judy Garland  /.  “Judy At Carnegie”
  •  LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME  /  Jenna Mammina & Rolf Sturm  /  “Spark”
  • THE NIGHTSHIFT  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Julia Louis-Dreyfus  /  “Unexpected Dreams”
  • DRINKING AGAIN  /  Sam Harris  /  “Standard Time / Different Stages?”
  • FAR AWAY PLACES  /  Norma Winstone  /  “Manhattan In The Rain”
  • LET’S TAKE A WALK AROUND THE BLOCK  /  Mel Torme  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • LET’S GET AWAY FROM IT ALL  /  Morgana King  /  “This Is Always”
  • LET’S GO  /  The Hot Sardines  /  “The Hot Sardines”
  • I WISH I COULD GO TRAVELING AGAIN  /  Stacey Kent  /  Breakfast On The Morning Tram”
  • COME FLY WITH ME  /  Frank Sinatra & Count Basie  /  “Sinatra At The Sands”
  • ROUTE 66  /  Glen Frey  /  “After Hours”
  • SUNDAY AFTERNOON  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Blossom Dearie Sings”
  • LOVE ON A GREYHOUND BUS  /  Janet Planet  /  “Of Thee I Sing”
  • I THOUGHT ABOUT YOU  /  Jimmy Scott  /  “Milestone Profiles: Jimmy Scott”
  • SLOW BOAT TO CHINA  /  Cleo Laine  /  “If We Lived On Top of a Mountain
  • UNDER PARIS SKIES  /  Toots Thielemans  /  “Chez Toots”
  • CHEZ MOI  /  Emilie-Claire Barlow  /  “Haven’t We Met?”
  •  THE COFFEE SONG  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  •  A FOGGY DAY  /  Audrey Bernstein  /  “Audrey Bernstein Loves Blue”
  •  MY LOVE WENT TO LONDON  /  Tony Bennett  /  “Here’s To The Ladies”
  • I’VE BEEN AROUND  /  Frank Sinatra Jr., Tierney Sutton, Pat Williams  /  “Home Suite Home”
  • IT’S NICE TO GO TRAV’LIN  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Come Fly With Me”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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22 Jun


I’ll be back live in the studio this week and just in time to help the radio station celebrate another WMNR Musical Theme Week! The new  musical theme: “Gone Fishin’.” How many songs about fishing do you think I can come up with? How many can you think of? Let’s compare notes (excuse the pun) this Saturday night.


Turntable For One  –  Jazz Vocals  –  Saturday Night 9:00-11:00 PM (E.D.T.) (GMT-4)


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15 Jun

I won’t be doing the show this week, but I invited Rich Moran, host of WMNR’s  “One Great Song,” to sit in for me. So join Rich for two hours of great jazz vocals this Saturday night. Trust me. You won’t be sorry.

Jazz Vocals & Live Radio  –  Saturday Nights  –  9:00-11:00 PM  (E.D.T.) (GMT-4)


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11 Jun

You can’t watch TV or read a magazine without one or a gaggle of experts giving you advice about how to be your best self, or how to be happy. Has it worked for you? No, because you haven’t set the bar low enough. I’ve got some expert advice you can use!


  • WELCOME TO THE CLUB  /  Nat King Cole  /  “Big Band Cole”
  • FOOLIN’ MYSELF  /  Shirley Horn  /  “You Won’t Forget Me”
  • I FALL IN LOVE TOO EASILY  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Professional Dreamer”
  • I’M THE CARING KIND  /  Susie Arioli  /  “Spring”
  • THE ONE I LOVE BELONGS TO SOMEBODY ELSE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “I Remember Tommy”
  • NOBODY KNOWS THAT  /  Kat Edmondson  /  “Way Down Low”
  • ARE YOU THERE WITH ANOTHER BOY?  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • RUNNIN’ WILD  /  Avalon Jazz Band
  • RULES OF THE ROAD  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  George Maharis  /  “New Route: George Maharis”
  • DETOUR AHEAD  /  Sophie Milman  /  “In the Moonlight”
  • DOWN  /  Ian Shaw  /  “A Ghost In Every Bar”
  • A LOT TO REMEMBER  /  Lorraine Feather  /  “Ages”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A BRAIN  /  Harry Connick Jr.  /  “20”
  • IF I ONLY HAD A HEART  /  Susannah McCorkle  /  “Most requested Songs”
  • DAYS LIKE THIS  /  Melissa Morgan  /  “Days Like This”
  • EVERYBODY HAS THE BLUES  /  Tony Bennett & Ray Charles  /  “The Art Of Excellence”
  • YOU ARE THERE  /  Blossom Dearie  /  “Winchester In Apple Blossom Time”
  • BUT NOT FOR ME  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Natalie Merchant  /  “Retrospective”
  • I KEEP GOING BACK TO JOE’S  /  Curtis Stigers  /  “Baby Plays Around”
  • DRINKING AGAIN  /  Dinah Washington  /  “Dinah ‘62”
  • WHEN I GET LOW I GET HIGH  /  The Hot Sardines & Alan Cumming  /  “French Fries + Champagne”
  • I’M A FOOL TO WANT YOU  /  Billie Holiday  /  “Lady In Satin”
  • I’M ALWAYS CHASING RAINBOWS  /  Sammy Davis  /  “Here’s Sammy Davis”
  • HAUNTED HEART  /  Jane Monheit  /  “Live At The Rainbow Room”
  • ORDINARY FOOL  /  Paul Williams  /  “Ordinary Fool”
  • I LIKE THE SUNRISE  /  Sutton Foster  /  “An Evening With Sutton Foster”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  /  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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8 Jun


You’ve seen all the positive ads and promises, right? “Be your own best life coach! Be your own best friend!” “Be your own best self!” But who says we’re supposed to be happy? Not me, not this week. 


Turntable For One – Jazz Vocals – Saturday Nights – 9:00-11:00 PM (E.D.T.) (GMT-4)

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4 Jun

You know me. I love to jump right in to the middle of a battle – and if you think that, you don’t know me. Still, I was happy to lead from behind in the age-old battle of the sexes with some great songs and interesting comparisons. (Hope you didn’t miss the show.)

SONG TITLE  /  Artist  /  CD Or Album Title

  • I LIKE TO LEAD WHEN I DANCE  /  Frank Sinatra  /  “Sinatra ‘65”
  • MAN I GOT YOU  /  Heather Simmons  /  “I’m Old Fashioned”
  • THE LADY’S IN LOVE WITH YOU  /  Steven Pasquale  /  “Somethin’ Like Love”
  • KILL ‘EM WITH KINDNESS   /  Jackie Cain   /  “So Many Stars”
  • YOU CAN COUNT ON ME TO DO MY PART  /  Mose Allison  /  “Mose In Your Ear”
  • TICK TOCK  /  Chaise Lounge  /  “Gin Fizz Fandango”
  • SORRY SEEMS TO BE THE HARDEST WORD  /  Bill Henderson  /  “Live At The Vic”
  • I NEVER MEANT TO HURT YOU  /  Laura Nyro  /  “First Songs”
  • WIVES AND LOVERS  /  (Mystery Vocalist)  /  Wayne Newton  /  “Mr. Las Vegas”
  • DO NOTHIN’ TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME  /  Nancy Harms  /  “Ellington At Night”
  • DO NOTHING TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME  /  Mark Murphy  /  “Once To Every Heart”
  • IT’S A MAN’S, MAN’S WORLD  /  Morgan James w/ Postmodern Jukebox
  • SOME PEOPLE  /  Mark Jennett  /  “Everybody Says Don’t”
  • WITCHCRAFT  /  Tom Rust  /  “Are We There Yet?”
  • WITCHCRAFT  /  Sarah Vaughan  /  “You’re Mine You”
  • IN THE NAME OF LOVE  /  Kenny Rankin  /  “Silver Morning”
  • MEAN TO ME  /  Linda Ronstadt  /  “Lush Life”
  • I CAN’T WAIT TO MISS YOU  /  Jack Jones  /  “Love Ballad”
  • OH, YES, TAKE ANOTHER GUESS  /  Catherine Russell  /  “Sentimental Streak”
  • ISN’T IT ROMANTIC?  /  Mel Torme  /  “Live At Marty’s”
  • MY ROMANCE  /  Tuck & Patti  /  Tears of Joy”
  • BOY WANTED  /  Ella Fitzgerald  /  “Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Song Book”
  • BOY WANTED  /  Julian Yeo  /  “You And The Night”
  • BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Carmen McRae  /  “The Ultimate Carmen McRae”
  • BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  /  Jamie Cullum  /  “Twentysomething”
  • MORE THAN A WOMAN  /  Gregory Porter  /  “Take Me To The Alley”
  • BUT BEAUTIFUL  /  Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga  /  “Cheek To Cheek”
  • PARIS MISMATCH  (Theme Music)  /  Cody Owen Stine

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1 Jun


This week I’m going to explore (musically) the oldest, continuous, winner-take-all, take-no-prisoner, do or die battle known to man, and to women, too, of course. 

Turntable For One – Jazz Vocals – 9:00-11:00 PM (E.D.T.) (GMT-4)

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